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THE ROBOTS ARE HERE

Everyone is saying the same thing about the use of video referees in France v England

Raphael Varane was sent off in the end of season friendly between France and England

It’s official. The robots are here.

No, we’re not having a paranoid moment. Yes we’ve covered our heads with tin foil. And it’s all because of video referees.

Video Assistant Referees have been trialled in various different domestic and international football competitions

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The robots in all their glory

With the scores at 2-1 between France and England Dele Alli went in behind, chasing his own through ball like the energetic scamp he is.

He was brought down by Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. The ref pointed to the penalty spot.

No question asked, no complaints.

Go down, Dele

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Go down, Dele

But then the ref did something we’ve never seen in an England game before.

He consulted the video referee. A hidden source of authority that we couldn’t see nor hear.

The result? Thirty-four seconds later Varane was shown a red card.

A red card in a meaningless end of season friendly? U wot m8.

Whoever designed these mythical video refs clearly forgot to give them empathy, because that was straight savage.

Not that Harry Kane was complaining when he stepped up and slotted home the resulting penalty.

Someone alert the robots

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Someone alert the robots

VAR, as it’s called in the world of acronyms, was used during the Under-20 World Cup.

If it brings as much luck as it did to England Under-20s then we’re all in favour.

But still, it won’t be long before we’re all at the mercy of the robots.